On the 24th of March 2017 the whole of Year 7 went to Auckland Museum. The bus arrived and was suddenly filled with excitement! Once we arrived we had morning tea, then the adventure began. We walked in the museum and then went over the rules. Everyone got into their groups, then the exploring started.
Each group went in separate ways. The first activity my class did was exploring the Maori artefacts, Mrs Lawrence told us how the Maori traded with the British; the British would give the Maori clothes and guns/weapons, and the Maori would give food because the Maori had a lot of food and the British had unlimited clothes and weapons. After that we did more research about Pre-European Maori. Some of the topics that the students are doing include food, family roles, medicines and more.
After lunch my class went to the marae in the museum. The lady who worked for the museum told us that all the patterns on the walls and roof told a story. The Maori would draw and carve their stories because they couldn’t write, they had no written language. We did an activity, where we got into groups and then were given an object. We had to guess what it is called, what is it made out out of, what you do with it. We also had to decide if it was a taonga or a tool. Surprisingly, a lot of people chose tool for most of them. The people on the tools side said it was a tool because the Maori used it as a tool, but the people on the treasure side said it is a treasure because it takes time to make it and without the tool life might not work the same.The lady who was guiding us told about each artefact and the specialities about each item and what it is used for.
After the marae we sadly had to leave the museum. Even though the trip ended, that didn’t mean the fun was over. The trip was enjoyable and helpful at the same time. The museum trip definitely helped everyone with their Pre-European Maori inquiry.